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SME Panel Debates Grid Reliability

Thousands of mining professionals gathered at the annual conference of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) in Phoenix, during February. The theme of the keynote session was Energy is Everything. The host was Alex Epstein, an energy expert that is challenging the anti-carbon movement and the green energy transition. In his latest book, Fossil Future, he says that humanity will need more fossil fuels in the future, not less, and that “net zero by 2050 is not attainable and, if it were, it would not be a world we would want to live in.” His reasoning is that electricity would be unaffordable for most people at that point and the green transition will wreck economies and the environment.
After his presentation, he moderated a panel discussion, debating the energy transition and grid reliability. The panelists included: Bradford Crabtree, assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy .... read more

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Rescue Efforts Suspended at Çöpler Mine in Türkiye
On February 19, 2024, Turkish authorities chose to temporarily suspend search and rescue activities for nine missing miners and to focus on stabilization of the Çöpler mine’s heap-leach pad, which experienced a failure that created a massive landslide of material. Meanwhile, the environmental ministry has revoked the permits and licenses .... read more


Nickel Woes Continue
During January, Andrew Forrest announced that Wyloo Metals would place its nickel mines in Western Australia into visible Class-I inventory, and then LME pricing. LME prices for nickel fell dramatically in 2023. Despite the curtailments that have already been announced, BHP estimates that the nickel business is in a “multi–year run of surpluses that are likely to average out well over 5% of annual demand.” Last year BHP integrated the West Musgrave project with the Nickel West operations to create .... read more


Missouri S&T’s Online Engineering Management Program Ranked Third in Nation
Missouri S&T continues to garner recognition as a top-ranked university in the U.S. for students pursuing graduate degrees in engineering, with the school’s online master’s in engineering management on the rise, according to the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings. Missouri S&T is tied with Duke University for third place..... read more

Kumtor Goes Underground
During mid-February, underground mining operations began at the Kumtor mine in Kyrgyzstan, according to the Times of Central Asia. The deputy head of the Kyrgyz government, Adylbek Kasymaliev, presided over a ceremony marking the beginning of work at the mine. The Kumtor deposit is one of the 10 largest gold deposits in the world. The mine is located at an altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level. It currently produces about 17 metric tons per year of gold, which amounts to roughly one-third of the country’s revenue. “Underground mining .... read more

South32 Board Approves $2.16B Investment for Hermosa Project
South32’s Hermosa project, currently the only advanced U.S. mining project capable of producing two federally designated critical minerals (zinc and manganese), received board approval of $2.16 billion in funding to develop the zinc-lead-silver deposit. The approval represents the largest private .... read more

NMG Secures Financing to Underpin Phase 2
After signing offtake agreements with Panasonic Energy and General Motors (GM) for $25 million each, Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. (NMG) has rallied Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Pallinghurst for $87.5 million to advance the Matawinie mine and Bécancour battery material plant in Québec toward commercial operations. Panasonic Energy and GM signed multiyear, binding offtake agreements for 18,000 metric tons per year (mt/y) of graphite. The two offtake agreements account for 85% of NMG’s planned Phase-2 more


Fortitude Acquires Two High-grade Gold Deposits
Fortitude Gold has acquired two separate gold properties in Nevada’s Walker Lane district: the Dauntless gold property, which includes the historic Weepah gold mine, located in Esmeralda County, 30 km southwest of Tonopah; and the Intrepid claim package, located in Mineral County, 10 km north west of Mina. The 2,105-acre Dauntless land package has seen historic high-grade gold production from both open pit and underground workings with undeveloped drill intercepts, including 16 meters of .... read more

AROUND THE WORLD - Latin America
Anglo Adds Iron Ore Capacity at Minas-Rio in Brazil
Anglo American has agreed to acquire and integrate Serra da Serpentina, a high-quality iron ore resource owned by Vale SA, into its Minas-Rio mine in Brazil. Anglo American will continue to control, manage and operate the Minas-Rio operation, including any future expansions related .... read more


Sierra Obtains Operating Permit for Yauricocha
Sierra Metals said it has received the required permit to develop and mine below the 1120 level at its Yauricocha mine in Peru. “This permit is a game-changer for Yauricocha and a key pillar to support the overall growth strategy for Sierra Metals,” said Ernesto Balarezo, CEO, Sierra Metals. “The ore body below the 1120 level is vast and is expected to allow us to raise throughput rates back to full mill capacity of 3,600 metric tons per day, representing an increase of approximately 40% from current levels; lower operating costs given ... read more


AROUND THE WORLD - Australasia
Plant Operators are Taking a Hard Look at Soft Sensors
According to a recent report from the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute, internation al interest in soft sensor technology from its Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) is growing as operators seek options for improving process insight and control without …. read more


Metals Acquisition IPO Raises $211M
Metals Acquisition Ltd. (MAC) completed its heavily oversubscribed initial public offering (IPO) in Australia and is now dual listed on the ASX and NYSE, which raised an additional A$325 million ($211 million). The implied market cap of MAC following the IPO is A$1.18 billion, making MAC’s ASX listing the largest mining listing on ASX in more than 5 years. The proceeds will be used to further develop the company’s CSA Copper mine near Cobar in New South Wales, Australia to pay a deferred payment due to the previous owner of the CSA Copper mine  …. read more


Miners Tackle Difficult Topics at Cape Town Indaba
Mining continues to engage with the many difficult issues that affect the future of the industry and broader society, judging by the topics and turn-out at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town. “The event remains a forum for productive, if challenging …. read more


Terrorists Attack B2Gold Convoy in Mali
B2Gold Corp. reported that three of its employees were killed and several others were wounded when an employee transport convoy from the Fekola mine was attacked by terrorists in Mali. Traveling with a Malian gendarme escort, a bus transporting B2Gold employees from the Fekola mine to Bamako was attacked approximately 75 km west of Bamako. All of the wounded including gendarmes were transported to a local hospital. The attack occurred more than 300 km northeast of the Fekola mine site .... read more

AROUND THE WORLD - This Month in Coal
South32 Sells Illawarra Met Coal Complex in Australia
South32 Ltd. is selling its Illawarra Metallurgical Coal to GEAR M Illawarra Met Coal Pty Ltd, which is owned (70%) by Golden Energy and Resources Pte Ltd (GEAR) and (30%) by M Resources Pty Ltd. for a total cash consideration of $1.65 billion. The transaction consists of an up front cash consideration of $1.05 billion, payable .... read more


CONSOL Shifts More Coal to Export Markets
CONSOL Energy sold 26 million tons in 2023 and reported $858 million related to operating activities. During Q4 2023, the Pennsylvania Mining Complex (PAMC) produced 6.6 million tons and shipped 6.8 million tons. The Itmann complex sold 159,000 tons and improved its contracted position to 571,000 tons for 2024. PAMC improved its contracted position to 22 million tons in 2024 and 13 million tons in 2025. “We delivered a strong operational performance to close out our third consecutive year of production .... read more

FEATURE - GET – Wear Protection
Advances With Ground Engaging Tools Improve Safety and Availability
Loss detection systems could lead to a better understanding of wear.

By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief

The primary loading tools in the pit, the rope shovels and hydraulic excavators, crowd the bank with each pass. This repetitive, grinding action takes a toll on the high wear areas of the dipper or the bucket, including the lip and the teeth. Left unchecked, a broken or missing tooth could lead to unplanned production downtime and even catastrophic failure if a tooth or a shroud found its way to the crusher. One aspect of improving the life of ground engaging tools (GET) is to properly .... read more



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FEATURE - Communications
Wireless Networks Support Telematics, Connectivity
New releases can support remote monitoring at almost any operations or work area.

By Jesse Morton, Technical Writer.

The newest wireless communications solutions offer several key capabilities and benefits. Critically, they can be used to support remote monitoring, which provides data for timely decisions and process optimization. The resulting efficiency gains can translate to cost savings and increased production. Suppliers list several other capabilities that will also help miners generate revenue and win investors. According to them, major mining companies and equipment OEMs are either already deploying or will soon be. Hitachi Energy announced the TRO670, a pole-mounted industrial cellular router .... read more



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OEMs Report Advances With LHDs
New models offer high power to weight ratios with improved performance.

By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief.

Productivity underground is directly proportional to the performance of the load, haul, and dump (LHD) solution. The entire mining cycle depends on how quickly the LHDs can load the muck from the heading. That in large part depends on the weight and size of the machine and the breakout forces it can apply to crowd the muck pile, load the bucket and haul its load to the dump point. Several of the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that build LHDs have made important announcements recently. What follows is a compilation of those announcements. During late February, Komatsu unveiled its new WX11 LHD at its inaugural Hard Rock Days demo .... read more


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FEATURE - Hydrometallurgical
A Hydrometallurgical Renaissance
Hydrometallurgical processes and technologies are undergoing an image makeover as enablers of the energy transition.

By Carly Leonida, European Editor.

Hydrometallurgical processes such as leaching, solvent extraction/electro-winning (SX/EW), and the principles upon which they are based, have been a core part of mineral processing flowsheets for both base and precious metals for decades. They are not new, and it would be wrong to claim so. However, what is new is the recent surge in interest these technologies have seen as the industry ushers in a new, more responsible age of minerals and metals production. “As the orebodies the industry’s extracting become more complex and, as we look to different raw materials, including tailings, and lower grade ores to recover different metals and minerals, this is placing increased pressure .... read more



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Komatsu Introduces the WX11 LHD
Komatsu has announced the launch of the WX11 LHD onto the global market. The WX11 LHD is an 11-tonne machine that is said to offer best-in-class breakout force and best-in-class payload helping to maximize productivity and provide a lower total cost of ownership. Komatsu says that the WX11 showcases their commitment to providing .... read more
Epiroc Secures Mining Equipment Order in Mexico
Epiroc has won a large order in Mexico from Canadian mining services provider Dumas Contracting Ltd. for underground mining equipment and related services and solutions. Dumas, a subsidiary of STRACON Group, a provider of underground and surface mining services throughout the Americas, has ordered a range of Epiroc rigs more
Bunting Upgrade Industrial Magnetiser
To meet the increased demand for magnetic separators following a sustained period of sales growth, Bunting has redesigned and refurbished the industrial magnetiser at their Redditch manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom. The enhancements make this DC impulse industrial magnetiser the largest in the UK, outside of academia. At the Redditch .... read more

Caterpillar Safety Services Announces New Programs
In its 50th year of operation, Caterpillar Safety Services incorporates the latest research and approaches to address safety excellence within organizations. With safety no longer being a box-ticking exercise but a true measure of employee engagement , Caterpillar Safety Services helps build a strong culture where safety practices are embedded more


Bradken Invest to Reduce CO2 Emissions
Mining equipment parts manufacturer Bradken Pty Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., has invested 0.49% and 0.19% in Dalavaipuram Renewables Private Limited and Watsun Infrabuild Private Limited respectively, SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) of the solar and wind power generating Continuum Green Energy .... read more
Multotec Deliver 12-Turn Spiral Concentrator
Multotec has developed a 12-turn spiral concentrator and the first order has been manufactured and shipped to an international customer. Christina Ramotsabi, General Manager - Process Engineering at Multotec, explained that the HM12 spiral was designed and tested in-house, evolving from the company's NHM heavy minerals spiral. "The customer required higher recoveries from their mineral sands plant, while also achieving .... read more

Metso to Deliver VSF X Solvent Extraction Technology
Metso has been awarded an order to deliver solvent extraction technology for a nickel plant in China. The value of this type of order is usually in the range of EUR 15-20 million. The order value is booked in the Minerals segment’s 2024 first-quarter orders received. Metso’s scope of delivery consists of the VSF® X solvent extraction process for the production of a battery-grade .…. read more

Syensqo AnnounceTransfoamer™ Product Line
Syensqo, previously part of Solvay group, has announced the launch of its Transfoamer™ product line, described as the first groundbreaking frother innovation in more than 65 years. Transfoamer™ frothers are based on a technology that changes froth strength in response to pH, which the company says leads to more efficient copper more



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Freeport-McMoRan appointed Kathleen L. Quirk as president and CEO, June 2024. Richard C. Adkerson will remain chairman of the board.
Newmont Corp. completed its COO transition following a five-month handover period. Rob Atkinson will transition all of his remaining responsibilities to Newmont’s new COO Natascha Viljoen. He will then officially step down in early May.
Capstone Copper appointed Óscar Flores as the new general manager of the Mantoverde Complex.
Western Copper and Gold Corp. appointed Sandeep Singh as CEO. He was previously the president and CEO of Osisko Gold Royalties. Western Copper and Gold Corp. is developing the Casino Project, Canada’s premier copper-gold mine in the Yukon Territory.
Compass Minerals promoted Gordon Dunn to COO. He was leading the company’s U.K. operations since January 2012. Dunn succeeds George J. Schuller Jr. who had served as the company’s COO since September 2019.
Highland Copper Co. named Barry O’Shea as its CEO. He joined the company in February 2022 as its CFO and was appointed interim CEO in October. Prior to Highland, he was the CFO of Fiore Gold Ltd.
Rómulo Mucho has been appointed as the new Minister of Energy and Mines of Peru.
Avalon Advanced Materials appointed Scott Monteith as CEO. He has been serving as the company’s interim CEO since May 2023. Avalon is a Canadian company focused on vertically integrating the Ontario lithium supply chain.



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